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RUSA offers free webinars to increase your libraries' social capital

CHICAGO — On behalf of Smart Investing @your Library, the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites you to view three free webinars that will help to increase your libraries' social capital! With each free, 60 minute webinar, you'll learn strategies that expand your knowledge about personal finance. Reference desk scenarios capture best practices, and a toolkit includes unbiased online resources.

How to respond to a security incident in your library

CHICAGO — ALA Editions has brought back the popular workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

New ASCLA online course offers alternative method of understanding the visitor experience

CHICAGO — The Reader-friendly Library - evaluating the visitor experience,” a new online course hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), offers participants a range of reader-centered research tools, supporting material and background theory and puts them all to use in the learners’ own libraries.

AASL webinar examines different perspectives of information literacy

CHICAGO – Participants will explore the differences between how information literacy is taught in K-12 and academic communities in a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Presented by Emily Gover, “Big Data: What We Learned about Information Literacy from 10,000 Students and 1,200 Librarians” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, Feb. 19. For more information and to register, visit

AASL webinar explores the rationale and role of LGBTQ inclusive curriculum

CHICAGO – In a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), participants will learn the unique ways school librarians can advocate for LGBTQ students through LGBTQ curriculum inclusion. Presented by Elizabeth Gartley, “Representation Matters: The School Librarian and LGBTQ Curriculum Inclusion” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Wednesday, Feb. 18. For more information and to register, visit

Provide the basics your Trustees need with United for Libraries’ new ‘Short Takes for Trustees’

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries has debuted “Short Takes for Trustees,” a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries.

Library learning goes online, live webcast

CHICAGO — Online learning is changing the way schools work. From elementary to graduate school to continuing education—online tools are creating new horizons in distance learning and supplement in-person learning. But what does this mean for libraries? How can we enhance traditional library instruction with online tools? How do we create standards in the face of technology that is constantly changing?

How to improve your library instruction: Assessment in five minutes

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of a popular workshop, How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes with Sarah Steiner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 pm Eastern on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Engaging teens with digital media: Creating stories and games

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games. Kelly Czarnecki will serve as the instructor for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 2, 2015.

Learn how a very small library created programs with huge success in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to hear how the director of a small library in Texas was able to lead positive change for her library and its growing community. “Passion and Partnership: How a Very Small Library Created Programs with Huge Success” will take place at 1 p.m. Central on Feb. 25.


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